D.W. Ulsterman’s Songs To Live & Die By: “COVER ME UP”

A haunting reflection on past addictions, a life nearly lost, and the woman who fought by his side to keep that life intact.

And a true story…

(Make note of the violin/fiddle player in the video. (the very talented Amanda Shires) She is the woman who was the inspiration for this song, and the primary cause of Alabama-born singer Jason Isbell  still living in the present, and not merely being remembered as another musical tragedy gone silent. And to those who might argue there are no musicians today with the lyrical talent of say, a Bob Dylan, (who Isbell admits is a major influence on his own work) you need look no further than Mr. Isbell. The man can turn a phrase like no other of this modern era of music.)

LYRICS:

A heart on the run
Keeps a hand on the gun
You can’t trust anyone

I was so sure
What I needed was more
Tried to shoot out the sun

In days when we raged
We flew off the page
Such damage was done

But I made it through
To somebody new
I was meant for someone

So girl leave your boots by the bed we ain’t leavin’ this room
Til someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom
It’s cold in this house and I ain’t going out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good

Put your faith to the test
When I tore off your dress
In Richmond all night

I sobered up
I swore off that stuff
Forever this time

And the old lovers see
I’d thought it’d be me
Who helped him get home

But home was a dream
One I’d never seen
Til you came along

So girl hang your dress up to dry we ain’t leavin’ this room
Til Percy Priest breaks open wide and the river runs through
Carries this house on the stones like a piece of drift wood
Cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good

So girl leave your boots by the bed we ain’t leavin’ this room
Til someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom
It’s cold in this house and I ain’t going out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you’re enough to use me for good
Cover me up
And know you’re enough
To use me for good

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D.W. Ulsterman is a bestselling author and socio-political commentator.

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